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Tue Apr 14, 2020, 06:10 AM

New state mandate OKs quarantine shelters for emergency workers, homeless

A new health mandate providing a quarantine space for health care workers and homeless families who test positive for COVID-19 was announced by Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum Monday night. The state’s chief medical officer, Dr. Anne Zink, also announced five new positive cases of COVID-19, in Anchorage and Juneau, bringing the state’s total number of confirmed cases to 277.

One new hospitalization was announced Monday, bringing the state’s cumulative total number of hospitalizations to 32. There were no new deaths announced Monday. The eighth Alaskan to die from complications with COVID-19 was a 73-year-old Fairbanks woman, Foundation Health Partners, the organization that runs Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, announced Friday.

As of Monday night, the state had reported 85 recoveries.

The new positive case in Juneau is a staff member working at Lemon Creek Correctional Center. The individual is among four employees from the center to test positive for COVID-19, a Monday release from the City and Borough of Juneau said.

Read more: https://www.peninsulaclarion.com/news/new-state-mandate-oks-quarantine-shelters-for-emergency-workers-homeless/

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